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Beach "Anse Caïman" · La Digue

  • Anse Caïman, La Digue
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

The abandoned house and large pirogue shed here make for some interesting scenery, and add to the solitude of the location.

Facts:

  • 20m x 20m - no visitors
  • Deep water in places, not safe for swimming
  • Seaweed present when trade winds change
  • Normal tide - high waves
  • Very isolated beach off the beaten track
  • Suitable for snorkelling and good for photos

Map:

At a Glance:

  • This beach is almost always deserted, and can be difficult to reach due to large rock formations.
  • Visitors almost always come here with guides on their way to other beaches.
  • The route to the beach can be very dangerous, especially from the north-west, as it requires walking across slippery rocks. The easiest access is via Anse Cocos in the south, but most visitors only come here with a tour guide.
  • The beach is divided into two sections. The northern section is almost impossible to get to except for at low tide, although this can be very dangerous.
  • Pools of water and granite boulders offer good opportunities for photographs.
  • Natural shade provides protection from the sun.

Description:

Anse Caïman lies on the east coast of La Digue, in between Anse Fourmis to the north and Anse Cocos to the south. Access to the beach can be extremely difficult, especially from the north, and the northernmost part of the beach is almost impossible to access, except for at low tide, via the sea. Virtually all visitors to this beach come with a tour guide, and the beach itself is almost always empty.

The easiest way of reaching the beach is via Anse Cocos to the south. Here, there is a path that takes about 40 minutes to walk, which is safer and easier than attempting to access the beach from the north. We would still recommend coming here with a tour guide, however.

For those who manage to access Anse Caïman, there is an abandoned house and a large pirogue (a small, wooden boat) shed that lie behind the beach, adding to the sense of isolation and abandonment. The pools of water that line the sand are also interesting, providing good photo-opportunities, as well as shallow water for snorkelling. The sea water, however, is especially deep in places, and is not safe for swimming.

Far from the most popular beach in the Seychelles, Anse Caïman puts some visitors off due to the difficulty of access. However, those feeling adventurous will find a number of interesting features here to make the trek worth it, although we’d definitely recommend coming with an experienced tour guide.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 42 87
      E-mail:
      rchezjules@yahoo.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 9am - 5pm
      Dinner on request.
      Address:
      Anse Banane
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $)

      This beach bar, right on the sea, with a roof made from palm tree leaves, wooden carvings, and a laid-back atmosphere, constitutes a real insider's tip. Enjoy fresh fruit-juice, snacks, and Creole cuisine on request, including the well-loved octopus salad. Reservations are recommended for evening meals.

    • Snack Bellevue
    • creole 
    • 4.5 of 5 429 Reviews  
    • 1.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 52 78 56
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11am - 8pm
      Address:
      Nid Aigle
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The restaurant that sits atop the Nid d'Aigle can be reached on-foot via a sweaty hike, or by using the restaurant's own shuttle bus. If you visit at sunset, you can enjoy a truly spectacular view from the restaurant. If you would like to be brought to the restaurant and taken back to your accommodation, we recommend booking this in advance. You can then be picked up at around 17:00 at your accommodation and driven together with other tourists to the restaurant. A three-course meal, including transfers, costs around 550 rupees per person (not including drinks). In any case, we recommend taking a taxi on the way back at least, as descending this steep way in the dark can be dangerous.

    • Chateau St. Cloud
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 2.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 43 46
      E-mail:
      stcloud@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.chateaustcloud.sc
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 9.30pm
      Address:
      La Passe
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The Chateau St. Cloud restaurant offers guests a delicate choice of local Creole meals, prepared by some of the best chefs in the Seychelles. The restaurant's location amidst a stunning garden creates a unique experience for each guest.

    • Zerof Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    • 3.5 of 5 406 Reviews  
    • 2.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 44 39
      E-mail:
      zerofguesthouse@yahoo.com
      Website:
      www.zerofguesthouses.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 8am - 9pm
      Address:
      Anse Reunion
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      At the 'Zerof' restaurant, guests can get to know the best that Creole cuisine has to offer, backed up by the fact that the restaurant is equally-popular with tourists and the Seychellois themselves. Enjoy a variety of cultural flavours and seasonings in the menus, which change every evening.

    • Gala Takeaway
    • creole 
    • 4.0 of 5 771 Reviews  
    • 2.8 km
    • Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11am - 3pm
      Address:
      Anse Reunion
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $)

      Delicious local meals at an affordable price are the order of the day here. Those who are expecting fast food will be pleasantly surprised, as there is the possibility to enjoy good, well-priced food here, something that the locals also enjoy.

    • Villa Authentique
    • creole, international 
    • 3.5 of 5 127 Reviews  
    • 2.9 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 44 13
      E-mail:
      villauthentique@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.villaauthentique.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 8am - 11pm
      Address:
      Villa Authentique, La Passe
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Anyone looking for exceptional Creole cuisine for an affordable price will be happy here at the Villa Authentique. Particular highlights include live music at the weekend or the cocktail evening.

Nearby accommodation:

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